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BioBlitz

Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz

September 22-23, 2017

to be held at:

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Here’s your chance to learn about everything from butterflies to birds, crickets to katydids! 

Join a team!  Expeditions leave from base camp on Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.

Teams of public volunteers led by biologists, naturalists and environmental specialists will be your guides on your trek into different habitats.  Teams will list as many species as they can find.

CITIZEN SCIENCE at its BEST!

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Everyone is welcome to join in this Citizen Science project.  No experience necessary!

Families with nature lovers, budding scientists and experienced naturalists of all ages are invited to the study of the biodiversity at Shaw Nature Reserve!

Public registration is now Closed. 

See below for open teams.
Walks-in welcome on teams that are not closed.

 

 

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TIME/DATEAREA OF EXPERTISELEADER AND DESCRIPTION
Friday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
SCHOOL TEAMS

STUDENT TEAMS

STUDENT TEAMS

200 STUDENTS WILL EXPERIENCE BIOBLITZ STEM FIELD RESEARCH TODAY!

BioBlitz-School Teams - led by Missouri Botanical Garden,  Shaw Nature Reserve,  Forest Park Forever,  Saint Louis Zoo,  Missouri Department of Conservation and St. Louis Audubon Society. Participating pre-selected schools: Rockwood Summit High School, Rogers Middle School in the Afton District, St. Charles West High School, St. Joseph's Academy, The Fulton School, Fox Middle & Ridgewood Middle School.
THIS TEAM IS FULL!
Friday
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
FLOWERS/PLANTS/TREES

FLOWERS/PLANTS/TREES



FLOWERS/PLANTS/TREES, Richard Abbott, Ph.D. is completing the Flora of India Checklist and has just returned to St. Louis after two years at the New York Botanical Garden. He has conducted research coast to coast and in several countries. Dr. Abbott is a botanist, with strong horticultural interests and a master of plant identification. He is a plant grower and a plant lover. Students, if you need to complete tree or plant identification for school, join this team with a parent. Gardeners, if you have questions about your landscape, bring your questions to Dr. Abbott! Today you will add to the iNaturalist BioBlitz data and have a zest to learn more!
Friday
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
BUTTERFLIES & INSECTS

FLOWERS & TREES

FLOWERS & TREES, Matthew Albrecht, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Missouri Botanical Garden.    Join Dr. Albrecht on this walking/talking tour of the flowers and trees at Shaw and add to the iNaturalist  BioBlitz database that will be used today. Are you interested in the effect of climate change and our native species? What would you like to know about seed-banking and habitat restoration? What is being done to protect endangered species? Dr. Albrecht's research combines bioclimatic modeling and innovative experiments to shed light on key questions concerning the impacts of climate change on plant diversity, with the aim of helping conservationists in developing scientifically based protocols to avert the loss of species. This team is great for students and their parents. Bring your questions today!
THIS TEAM IS FULL!
Friday
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
TALK AT THE TENT CONSERVATION

TALK AT THE TENT
CONSERVATION

TALK AT THE TENT-CONSERVATION David J. Bruns, M.A., C.I.G., Missouri Department of Conservation, Conservation Education - David has studied and taught natural science for organizations which have included the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation and the Missouri Botanical Garden. He has studied tropical ecology in Costa Rica and will be on hand to answer your conservation questions. David is a specialist on invertebrate diversity. Ask David about arachnids - I wonder how many he has studied? He is a master at arachnid identification! You can catch David at the base tent or on one of the treks gathering data! Stop at the base tent and we will connect you with David!
Friday
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


BUTTERFLIES & INSECTS

BUTTERFLIES & INSECTS

BUTTERFLIES & INSECTS James Trager, Ph.D., Biologist/Naturalist, Missouri Botanical Garden. "This team will be looking for and interpreting the “arthropods on flowers.” This will include all the nectar and pollen gatherers and feeders, as well as species that actually chew on the flowers, and of course their predators that also hang out in the flowers - flowers as an arthropod habitat, if you will. So absolutely, butterflies will be in the mix," said Dr. Trager. Which butterflies migrate and why? Some are pests and some pollinators. A butterfly is mainly day-flying insect of the order lepidopetera, that includes butterflies and moths. Dr. Trager supports glade conservation at Shaw. A large variety of wildlife live in the glades at Shaw Nature Reserve that are found nowhere else. " Join this team to collect data for iNaturalist. Bring your conservation questions to this team!
THIS TEAM IS FULL!
Friday
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
FLOWERS & TREES

FLOWERS & TREES

FLOWERS & TREES & SOIL Ross Braun, Miramiguoa Master Naturalist. Do you have questions about the trees in your own backyard? Are you a student and you need to know the names of native trees? Ask Ross! What is an understory tree? From conifers to climate change, Ross has the answer. Ross will teach you how to identify trees by their foliage. Learn about the interdependent nature of plants and animals in various ecosystems. Master Naturalists are leaders in environmental stewardship. Would you like to be a Master Naturalist - Ask Ross!
Friday
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FLOWERS & TREES

FLOWERS & TREES

FLOWERS & TREES Quinn Long, Ph.D. , Director, Shaw Nature Reserve. Dr. Long is a botanist and conservation biologist and is passionate about Shaw Nature Reserve and its role in conservation. Dr. Long's research includes fire ecology, invasive species, ethnobotany, and restoration of grassland, savanna, and woodland communities. Students, are you interested in a science project or extra credit project? Join this team with your parent to get started! Today you will collect the BioBlitz flora/tree data to be entered into iNaturalist. The Reserve is a paradise for native plants! Interested in a career in conservation, ask Dr. Long! Are you a neighbor and want to know more about Shaw Nature Reserve - join this team!
THIS TEAM IS FULL!
Friday
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
INSECTS & ARACHNIDS

INSECTS & ARACHNIDS

INSECTS & ARACHNIDS Kasey Fowler-Finn, PhD, Saint Louis University will search for Arachnids. With over 100,000 species in the world, I wonder how many you will find at Shaw Nature Reserve? Ongoing projects focus on phenotypic & behavioral plasticity of spiders and treehoppers, mating system evolution in Harvestmen, anti-predator behavior, and social behavior in a range of organisms. Dr. Fowler-Finn also working on applying quantitative genetics and function-valued approaches to answer questions in ecology and evolution. This team should be able to answer any question that you have. If you can stump Dr. Fowler-Finn, come to the base tent to win a prize!
THIS TEAM IS FULL!
Friday
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
BATS

BATS

BATS Vona Kuczynska, MSci, Jennifer Mullikin, MSci, Jessica Montgomery, B.S., Wildlife Biologists, Wildheart Ecology. Get a glimpse of the nocturnal world of the bat with wildlife biologist and bat specialists. Vona, Jenny & Jessica will place mist nets to demonstrate how they catch, release and identify bats. They will also show you how bats are tracked to roosts using tiny transmitters! Ask Vona about bat boxes and how you can provide bats with a home in your own yard. A BioBlitz favorite! Register early, this team fills up fast! Note, this is one team; however, if you would like to leave earlier click on the 6:30 - 8:30 option in registration.
THIS TEAM IS FULL!
SATURDAY
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
BIRDS

BIRDS

BIRDS Michael Thelen, St. Louis Audubon Society, Webster Groves Nature Study Society, & Missouri Audubon Society Have you ever wondered what's flying in your own backyard? Should you feed birds year-round, where should you place your bird feeder, how do you attract birds - ask Michael while you stroll through the Reserve and identify local species to add to the BioBlitz Database. I wonder if you will see migrating warblers and thrushes today? Beginners & experienced birders welcome! Bring binoculars if possible.
SATURDAY
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
FLOWERS/PLANTS/TREES

FLOWERS/PLANTS/TREES

FLOWERS/PLANTS/TREES, Richard Abbott, Ph.D. Richard is completing the Flora of India Checklist and has just returned to St. Louis from two years at the New York Botanical Garden. He has conducted research coast to coast and in several countries. Dr. Abbott is a botanist, with strong horticultural interests and a master of plant identification. He is a plant grower and a plant lover. Students, if you need to complete tree or plant identification for school, join this team! Gardeners, if you have questions about your landscape, bring your questions to Richard! Today you will add to the iNaturalist BioBlitz data and have a zest to learn more!
SATURDAY
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
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BIRDS

BIRDS Mike Saxton, Ecological Restoration Specialist, Missouri Botanical Garden   Missouri's rivers offer a thoroughfare with migration cooridors and stopover locations for waterfowl, shorebirds, lairds, raptors, and landbirds. What will you find today to add to the BioBlitz data? Approximately half of the Reserve's 2400 acres are currently set aside as the "Native Habitats Area" and are managed to favor native biodiversity. The habitats represented include glades, prairies, wetlands, and woodlands. Management methods include assessment of existing diversity, control of exotic species and aggressive natives (such as Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana), reintroduction of native plants and occasionally animals, properly timed mowing and prescribed burning. Ask Mike how fire is a useful tool for the maintenance and restoration of natural habitats at Shaw Nature Reserve. Beginners & experienced birders welcome! Bring binoculars if possible.
SATURDAY
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
2012 Teton Bird-in-hand

FOREST KEEPERS MAST SURVEY

FOREST KEEPERS MAST SURVEY, Beth Kobel, Missouri Master Naturalist - Miramiguoa Chapter  Join this team of Master Naturalists! The Missouri Forest Keepers is a group of citizen scientist that monitor forest health throughout Missouri. An annual activity of the Forest Keepers is a mast survey. Basically we are looking for tree nuts (mast) like acorns and walnuts. We look for trees with mast to determine the amount of food available for deer and other animals over the winter.
SATURDAY
8:30 am - 10:00 am
2012 Teton Bird-in-hand

BIRDS


BIRDS Michael Thelen, St. Louis Audubon Society & Webster Groves Nature Study Society. Missouri Audubon Society Beginners and experienced birders welcome. Why is St. Louis considered the fly-way in North America - ask Michael. Do different types of seed attract different species? Bring your questions (and your binoculars if possible). Beginner and experienced birders are welcome on this team.
SATURDAY
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS

REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS Peggy Menke, Missouri Master Naturalist - Miramiguoa Chapter, Join Peggy Menke and Missouri Master Naturalists as you add to the iNaturalist BioBlitz data at Shaw Nature Reserve. Do you like reptiles and amphibians? This team is for you!
THIS TEAM IS FULL!
SATURDAY
9:00 am - 10:30 am
FROGS & ANIMALS

FROGS & ANIMALS

FROGS & ANIMALS Gail Johnston, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Lindenwood University - join this team as your scour the Reserve for animals and frogs! Dr. Johnston's specialty is Zoology and Environmental Biology. Do you love animals and want to know more about your furry little friends? Would you like to be the expert in your class (or your family) when it comes to backyard critters? Do you have a question about a career in the environmental field, ask Dr. Johnston.
THIS TEAM IS FULL!
SATURDAY
9:30 am - 11:00 am
POLLINATORS & INSECTS

POLLINATORS & INSECTS

POLLINATORS & INSECTS Gerardo Camilo, Ph.D., Saint Louis University & SLU Students! Dr. Camilo is one of the world's foremost food web ecologists! Most of his work centers around populations and communities of bee pollinators in urban environments. St. Louis, in particular, hosts an amazingly large bee diversity, 160+ species, greater than any other known Midwestern city. Among this marvelous urban diversity, are populations of rare and endangered bumblebees and some of North America's most rare bees. What are the threats these important pollinators might face in rural and agricultural areas? Ask Dr. Camilo and his students about this important research!
THIS TEAM IS FULL!
SATURDAY
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
FLOWERS/PLANTS/TREES

FLOWERS/PLANTS/TREES

FLOWERS/PLANTS/TREES, Richard Abbott, Ph.D. Richard is completing the Flora of India Checklist and has just returned to St. Louis from two years at the New York Botanical Garden. He has conducted research coast to coast and in several countries. Dr. Abbott is a botanist, with strong horticultural interests and is a master of plant identification. He is a plant grower and a plant lover. Students, if you need to complete tree or plant identification for school, join this team! Gardeners, if you have questions about your landscape, bring your questions to Richard! Today you will add to the iNaturalist BioBlitz data and have a zest to learn more!
THIS TEAM IS FULL!
SATURDAY
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
looking up

BIRDS

BIRDS Michael Thelen, St. Louis Audubon Society & Webster Groves Nature Study Society. Missouri Audubon Society Beginners and experienced birders welcome. Why is St. Louis considered the fly-way in North America - ask Michael. Do different types of seed attract different species? Bring your questions (and your binoculars if possible). Beginner and experienced birders are welcome on this team.
THIS TEAM IS FULL!
SATURDAY
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
TURTLE

REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS



REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS (INCLUDES FROGS) Peggy Menke, Missouri Master Naturalist - Miramiguoa Chapter, Join Peggy Menke and Missouri Master Naturalists as you add to the iNaturalist BioBlitz data at Shaw Nature Reserve. Do you like reptiles and amphibians? This team is for you!
THIS TEAM IS FULL!
SATURDAY
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
POLLINATORS

POLLINATORS

POLLINATORS, Nicole Miller-Struttmann, Ph.D., Biological Sciences Professor, Webster University. Ask Dr. Miller-Sturttmann about her research in the Colorado meadows? How does she track bees using sound equipment, iPad minis and computer algorithm's? Ask Dr. Miller-Struttmann about the bee brigade! Today you will be collecting data and recording on iNaturalist; however, you may come up with your own backyard research!
SATURDAY
10:00 AM - NOON
KARST HIKE

KARST HIKE

KARST HIKE, Danny McMurphy, Missouri Master Naturalist - Miramiguoa Chapter
Select Team reserved for Master Naturalists
Take a walk with a geology expert and Master Naturalist to focus on the terrestrial natural communities of the Reserve. Come ready for a moderate hike; bring water and hiking shoes.
THIS TEAM IS FULL!

Explore!

Families Welcome!

Families Welcome!

The Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz is an exploration and inventory of the biodiversity of urban parks.  At the end of the day, participants have a new appreciation of St. Louis urban parks and their own backyard!

Discover!

Nematocampa resistaria Photo Credit: Robert Marquis, Ph.D.

Nematocampa resistaria
Photo Credit: Robert Marquis, Ph.D.

From the Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz at Emmeneger Park, “…the Nematocampa resistaria, the so-called horned span worm.  I have seen it just once previously on Missoui oaks, my primary focus.  As you can see from the photo, it is quite distinctive, with four dorsal filaments, that can extend out and then be drawn in, depending on how much you pester it.  We have looked at literally 10’s of thousands of caterpillars since 1993, and this is the first that we have seen since then.”
-Robert Marquis, Ph.D.

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BioBlitz questions – contact Peggy James Nacke
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